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Following the Coronavirus

Ohio, Marshall counties remain ‘red’ on Tuesday COVID-19 map

With an infection rate of 88.66 per 100,000 residents and a percent positivity of 8.65, Ohio County remained in the red on Tuesday's West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' COVID-19 map. Marshall County remained red as well, with an infection rate of 97.32 and a percent ...

Rising COVID Numbers Affecting Hospital Workforce

As COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in the Ohio Valley, local hospital workforces are feeling the impact of that surge. Wheeling Hospital announced Monday morning that more than 70 employees currently are off the job with COVID-19 or quarantined due to potential exposure to the virus. That ...

W.Va. Ends November with Higher COVID-19 Numbers

CHARLESTON — With West Virginia closing the chapter on November and state officials expressing hope the vaccines can be distributed in December, the state experienced its worst month ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The bottom line is we can’t stop this today,” Gov. Jim Justice said ...

Moderna Asking U.S., European Regulators to OK its Virus Shots

(AP) — Moderna Inc. said it would ask U.S. and European regulators Monday to allow emergency use of its COVID-19 vaccine as new study results confirm the shots offer strong protection — ramping up the race to begin limited vaccinations as the coronavirus rampage worsens. Multiple vaccine ...

COVID Could Silence 2020 ‘Festival of Sound’

WHEELING – The 2020 “Festival of Sound” at Wheeling Park High School is still slated to happen online later this month, but high COVID numbers could silence the event if students aren’t soon permitted to gather to play. The color “red” is typically associated with the joy of ...

Ohio County joins Marshall County in “red” on Monday COVID-19 alert map

Marshall County's neighbor to the north now shares the same high-risk COVID-19 designation. Ohio County joined Marshall on Monday in "red," the highest-risk designation on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources daily COVID-19 alert map. They are two of eight "red" counties ...

Fauci: U.S. May See ‘Surge Upon Surge’ Very Soon

(AP) — The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus in the weeks after Thanksgiving, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas. Meanwhile, in a major ...

COVID-19 Claims West Virginia High School Football Championship Games

2020 W.Va. Football Champions: AAA — South Charleston AA — Fairmont Senior A — St. Marys The Super Six, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission’s trio of state football championship games, will not happen this season, a victim of the West Virginia Department of ...

Kathy Mattea Returns To W.Va. to Host Show

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Kathy Mattea was just starting to unpack boxes when much of the country shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The country music star — who returned to West Virginia this month to host Mountain Stage for its second live, audience-free, streaming-only show ...

Citing Washington Inaction, States Move on Virus Aid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak. In some cases, elected officials are ...

COVID-19 claims West Virginia high school football championship games

The Super Six, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's trio of state football championship games, will not happen this season, a victim of the West Virginia Department of Education's COVID-19 school opening map. Yet three prep football teams in West Virginia will claim state ...

Super Six Moves to Charleston for 2020

For the first time since 1993, the West Virginia Super Six Football Championships will not be held in Wheeling. The three state championship football games will be played this year at Charleston’s Laidley Field at University of Charleston Stadium, which hosted the games prior to their move ...

Many Churches Retooling Holiday Service Plans

WHEELING — The Thanksgiving leftovers are just about gone by today, so for many it’s time to turn thoughts to Christmas and Hanukkah. But with escalating COVID-19 cases and deaths, what will religious services look like this holiday season? While some religious leaders are taking a ...

After Virus Recovery, Caution Still Urged

WHEELING — After a person has weathered the sickness associated with COVID-19 and been released from isolation during their quarantine, they’re still asked to take the same precautions as the general population, although they’ve earned a brief respite from further infection. A person ...

Northern Panhandle Remains ‘Orange’ on the Daily COVID-19 Map

The entire Northern Panhandle sat in “orange” for the second straight day Friday on the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources daily COVID-19 alert map. If those designations hold for Saturday evening’s school openings map from the West Virginia Department of Education, ...

Federal Judge Upholds W.Va. Mask Mandate

CHARLESTON — In his fifth court victory challenging his executive order authority during a pandemic state of emergency, a federal judge ruled Monday that Gov. Jim Justice's mask mandate was reasonable. All while Morgantown bar owners appeal a similar ruling. U.S. District Judge Robert ...

Wheeling-Ohio County Health Dept. Reports 28 New COVID-19 Cases

The Wheeling-Ohio County Health Department reported 28 new positive COVID-19 cases Thursday night, as the county’s total number of positive cases pushed past 1,500. That total was added to the 56 positives the department announced late Wednesday night. Ohio County’s totals now sit at 1,509 ...

Santa Returns to the Ohio Valley Mall with Safety Measures in Place

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Santa Claus has made his way back to the Ohio Valley Mall for the holiday season, and he will remain there through Christmas Eve with a few extra safety precautions in place. The mall welcomed back its Pictures with Santa event on Saturday. It continues through Dec. 24 at ...